Tropical Storm Andrea Update from National Weather Service Jax (as of June 6, 2013)
The 5 a.m., NWS-JAX report has TS Andrea at 300 miles southwest of Gainesville moving north/northeast at 13mph with sustained maximum winds at 60mph.
Course will take Andrea into the ‘Big Bend’ area of the state across north/northeast Florida and into southeast Georgia and exit the U.S. east coast at the Georgia/South Carolina border around 1am Saturday morning.
Our area is under a Tropical Storm Warning and we’re to expect wind gusts in the 40mph range this afternoon, tonight and heading into Friday morning.
We are currently OUTSIDE any major forecast tornado bands but we’re not to exclude considerations of such activity.
As per previous notifications, we’re under a Flood Watch along with most of the rest of the State of Florida. Our area is expected to receive an additional 3”-6” of rain from this event. Localized flooding is to be expected.
MAJOR IMPACT consideration for our area is heavy rainfall throughout this evening.
There is a 12:30 conference call with the Alachua County EOC to discuss any current issues and planning for this event, and an update will be released around 2 p.m. this afternoon.
NWS-JAX weather briefing can be viewed at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/media/jax/vBriefing/Andrea_Web_Briefing_060611_7h/index.htm
A number of smart phones / iPads apps are available to help you stay informed, as well as having a ready reference at your rapid access should it become necessary.
- Code Red (iPhone and Android) – connects to messages released by your local (city or county) Emergency Operations Center. This is an 'all hazards' notification system and includes 'lost child' messages.
- Weather Underground has a good app (iPhone and Android) for current and forecast weather conditions as well as watches / warnings that are released by the NWS in your area of concern.
- The American Red Cross has two apps ready for "First Aid" that includes CPR-AED use (iPhone and Android) and "Hurricane" that has preparation tools for hurricanes and also informs you of any current weather related watches / warnings (iPhone and Android).